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Defiant Queen walks ‘purposefully’ in ‘magical’ moment away from Windsor Castle

The Queen reportedly looked "very well" as she walked "purposefully" during her latest visit outside of Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty appeared steady on her feet as she officially opened the new £22million Thames Hospice building in Maidenhead on Friday, July 15 – despite previous concerns about her health.

In a video by Allison Sharpe, one of the volunteers at the hospice who lined up to catch a glimpse of the Queen during her surprise visit, the 96-year-sovereign can be seen leaving the building in short, quick strides while speaking to one of her hosts.

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In the clip, members of the public were seen waiting for the monarch, who was accompanied by her daughter Princess Anne, as they joined in a chorus of "hip hip hooray" in her honour, while others thanked Her Majesty.

The Queen smiled widely and waved at some of the well-wishers, before bidding farewell to her host and departing from the hospice, the Express reports.

Some eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed the monarch presented a purple bruise on the back of one of her hands.

Nevertheless, Mrs Sharpe, 59, stressed the Queen appeared in excellent form as she said: "She had her stick with her but she walked quite purposefully.

"Being somebody of that age, you do easily bruise. But nobody at all commented on her health. She looked very well."

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Speaking further about the royal visit, Mrs Sharpe said: "It was thrilling, it was magical actually. She was sparkling and so happy and obviously very pleased to be doing the visit.

"I’m sure she must get quite frustrated with her mobility issues, so she was obviously well enough to be able to come out for the day.

"It just made it so special. The expectation and excitement of seeing her were palpable. You could feel that through the crowd there."


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